Right in the heart of England you’ll find the Sherwood Forest Futurescape; a mosaic of ancient woodland, heathlands, acidic grasslands, river corridors, man-made lakes and farmland.
Famously the realm of legendary outlaw Robin Hood, much of the surviving ancient woodland was originally part of a royal hunting forest. Now, the internationally renowned Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains more than 1,000 ancient oaks. Most are more than 500 years old. The most famous, the major oak, is thought to be nearly twice that age!
Nightjars and woodlarks live on the heaths, lesser spotted woodpeckers, marsh tits, redstarts and woodcocks in the woodlands. Sadly the woodlands have shrunk and have become separated, whilst the heathland has decreased by 95 per cent over the last 150 years.
We are working with partners in Sherwood Forest, identifying ways of creating new habitat in the best locations – making the existing areas bigger and improving links.
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Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. There are no RSPB reserves within the Sherwood Forest Futurescape, but nearby are:
We’re working in partnership with Tarmac to restore a sand and gravel quarry on the River Trent into the largest reedbed in the East Midlands.
An extraordinary blend of ancient woodland and the largest area of historic heathland remaining in the Midlands, Budby is home to an array of weird, wonderful and increasingly under-threat wildlife.
We're working to safeguard improve special places for nature. Each Futurescape contains a range of initiatives in addition to our reserves. The combination of these creates better conditions for wildlife across the countryside.
Woodland wildlife has declined dramatically in recent decades, at the same time as decreases in woodland management. This project is aiming to help woodland owners manage their woods for wildlife and advise them on grants which are available to help them in this process.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in Sherwood Forest. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
#SaveCoulLinks - an urgent update from a vital campaign
My colleague, Kate Bellew, Senior Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland has just posted this blog following an important meeting held by Highland Council to decide on the fate of Coul Links. Given the significance of the case - I'm reproducing...(rea...Posted 12/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Planning Policy Wales: Securing a brighter future for nature in Wales
Following my blog 11 days ago on the draft National Planning Policy Framework for England, I'm delighted to introduce this guest blog on Planning Policy Wales by my colleague Christopher O'Brien. Guest blog by RSPB Cymru Senior Policy Officer...(read...Posted 21/05/2018 by Simon Marsh
Three decades fighting for peatlands
Wherever peat soils form - there is a conservation story - often of loss and damage, occasionally of restoration and hope. They form a fragile home for distinctive and often threatened wildlife and the properties of the peat provide life-giving benef...Posted 15/05/2018 by Andre Farrar
Building a Britain Fit for the Future (3)
Today we submit our final response to the Government’s consultation on a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on it here and here . The changes to the NPPF are wide-ranging, and most...(re...Posted 10/05/2018 by Simon Marsh